Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)
The Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) is the marine and estuarine research facility for San Francisco State University. Founded in 1978, the lab strives to advance understanding of marine and estuarine environments through research, education, and outreach with a focus on San Francisco Bay. RTC is located on the Tiburon peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay. The research community at RTC is built of scientists and students working together to understand the natural forces at work in the Bay and its surrounding wetlands.
What type of work is done at Romberg?
Research at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is focused around the following four goals: 1) To lead in scientific research, monitoring and reporting on the nature and condition of the world’s marine and estuarine environments, 2) To train undergraduate and graduate students to become interdisciplinary marine scientists through instruction and participation in innovative, collaborative research, 3) To promote public education and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay estuarine environment and ecosystems and 4) To provide fundamental scientific information to assist in decision making and the stewardship of San Francisco Bay. Learn more about ongoing research at Romberg on their website. RTC also works closely with the Smithsonian Institute for summer research activities happening in the area.
Research Opportunities for STAR Fellows
The RTC will be offering two to four STAR Fellowships in multiple research groups. Summer is an intense period for marine research so on-site accommodations may or may not be available. If it is available, STAR Fellows may be able to stay on-site in shared-room housing, otherwise off-site housing organised by the Fellow may be necessary. Given its waterfront location, the residential area around RTC has few affordable housing options. This lab site is therefore most appropriate for Fellows with their own reliable transportation and STAR Fellows are encouraged to consider sharing accommodations.
Past Research Included
- Growth Rate of Copepods in the San Francisco Bay, Brooke Bemowski, Wim Kimmerer, and Toni Ignoffo
- Abundance of Crabs and Predation on Hemigrapsis oregonensis in Tiscornia Marsh, San Francisco Bay, Alynn Hoffman, Julie Anne Gonzalez, Michelle Marraffini, and Andrew L. Chang
- Monitoring abundance of Carcinus maenas developmental stages in Seadrift Lagoon, Andrea M. Fieber
- Identification and Abundance of Jellyfish in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Fong
- Performance variation in Leptasterias spp. among populations and habitats, Caleb Shaw and Sarah Cohen
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